The Cove Ridge Center Foundation and Advisory Board is a supporting group of Natural Tunnel State Park. This website is an effort by the Board to help promote the park’s programs, activities, and amenities as well as programs and events sponsored by the Board and it’s various sub-committees and councils.
On Sunday, September 1st, the 17th Annual Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival will honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Joseph “Papa Joe” Smiddy. The event is presented by the Cove Ridge Center Foundation and will be held in the amphitheater at Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, VA.
This annual gathering seeks to promote the musical heritage of the area’s Appalachian mountain culture and also honors the tireless work of “Papa Joe”, who promoted the music of our region for many decades. In addition to being an accomplished old-time banjo player, entertainer, and educator, Smiddy was Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. This year’s performers will be Boozy Creek Grass, UVa-Wise Bluegrass Band, Dr. Joe Smiddy & Reedy Creek, the ETSU Old-Time Ramblers and Bluegrass Pride Band, and Miss Ellie String Band, which is named in honor of Sue Ella Boatwright-Wells, who was instrumental in starting the School of Mountain Music at Mountain Empire Community College.
Tickets are $10 per person if purchased in advance and $15 per person the day of the event. Children 12 and under are admitted for no charge. Tickets can be purchased at Addington Oil in Weber City, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, and the Natural Tunnel State Park Office. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 276-940-2674.
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About the Cove Ridge Foundation
The mission of the Cove Ridge Foundation and Advisory Board is to develop and implement programs, provide organizational structure, and financially support areas of program concentration through use of facilities located within Natural Tunnel State Park. Learn more about our programs below or read more about the foundation »
About the Cove Ridge Center
Cove Ridge Center at Natural Tunnel State Park was designed to house a variety of events. We are a popular destination for weddings, class and family reunions, retreats, training sessions, and educational programs.
We invite you to take a look around the center at our meeting rooms, lodging facilities, catering kitchen, and very popular Gazebo. Our staff at the Cove Ridge Center will be happy to answer any questions you may have before your visit .